'''William Marsh Rice University''', commonly referred to as '''Rice University''' or '''Rice''', is a private research university located on a campus in Houston
, United States
. The university is situated near the Houston Museum District
and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center
. Rice is generally considered the top university and the most selective institute of higher education in the state of Texas.
Opened in 1912 after the murder of its namesake William Marsh Rice
, Rice is now a research university with an undergraduate focus. Its emphasis on education is demonstrated by a small student body and 6:1 student-faculty ratio.
The university has a very high level of research activity for its size, with $115.3 million in sponsored research funding in 2011.
Rice is noted for its applied science
programs in the fields of artificial heart